SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30, 2018 – Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE), the parent company of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), today announced it is providing $20,000 grants to seven organizations in SoCalGas’ service territory to help reduce homelessness.
The grants are part of a giving campaign in honor of Sempra Energy’s 20th anniversary – the “20/20/20” campaign – in which employees have been challenged to collectively engage in 20,000 volunteer hours in their communities. Thus far, Sempra Energy employees have recorded approximately 60,000 volunteer hours, triple the campaign goal.
“Our company’s success is tied to the positive impacts we can have on the community,” said Dennis V. Arriola, executive vice president and group president for Sempra Energy. “Over the past 20 years, our employees have been committed to volunteering in our communities and we’ve contributed more than $260 million to charitable causes. I’m excited that we’re providing these grants through our 20/20/20 campaign because we believe it’s critical to be a responsible partner in the communities we’re honored to serve.”
“SoCalGas is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve,” said Bret Lane, president and chief operating officer of SoCalGas. “Each of the seven grant recipients is providing critical services to our most vulnerable populations, and we are proud to be their partner in the fight against homelessness and provide them with a 20/20/20 grant.”
In recognition of employee volunteerism, the company has committed to issuing $20,000 grants to 20 organizations supporting the battle against homelessness. In SoCalGas’ service territory, grants are being given to Affordable Living for the Aging, Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, HomeAid Orange County, LA Family Housing, the Riverside County Workforce Development Center, The Salvation Army of San Bernardino and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
“Sempra Energy’s 20/20/20 challenge proves that we can make a real difference, and move more people home, together,” said Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, CEO and president of LA Family Housing. “This volunteer-driven grant enables us to embark on a new strategy to renovate homes across Los Angeles to provide bridge housing for an additional 150 families annually. This approach increases our impact for those most in need, allows us to reinvest in Los Angeles communities and places vulnerable families into a fully integrated community where they can access the resources they need to become stable, together.”
Additionally, grants are being given to other organizations throughout San Diego, Texas, Louisiana, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Sempra Energy and SoCalGas have numerous programs to support employee charitable donations and volunteerism. Last year, SoCalGas invested more than $10 million, through financial and in-kind donations, to nearly 1,000 educational, environmental, and community organizations across its service territory, and company employees volunteered more than 12,000 hours in their communities.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy owns and operates natural gas and electric distribution utilities and is a major developer of North American energy infrastructure.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2017 revenues of more than $11 billion. Sempra Energy is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies' approximately 20,000 employees serve more than 40 million consumers worldwide.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company's pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians – about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas is committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure, while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2013 through 2017, the company spent nearly $6 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. The company is also committed to being a leader in the region's clean energy future, and is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas from dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants and the development of renewable energy storage technologies. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utility, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.